Top 5 Belgian Foods
Today we’re in the western part of Europe, in a land where its location is nestled between Netherlands, Germany and France and a country known for several things: beer, chocolate, waffle and fries. The craving won’t end there. In this article, we’ll give you the Top 5 Belgian Foods. As a reminder, the list is not personally made, but is listed by the most trusted ranking sites. Forget about your summer bodies and dig into these foods that make foreigners to be tourists in Belgium.
Frites is basically Fries in Belgium. The origin of their fries traces back to 1825 when the first man, Mr. Fritz had opened a fry shop. Maybe you are asking yourself right now about the difference of Belgian Frites from French Fries. Aside from not being a frozen product. Let me tell you the 6 characteristics of a Belgian Frites/Fries. Freshly cut (irregularly shaped), cooked (fried) twice, fluffy on the inside (crispy on the outside), a distinct potato taste, at least 10 mm thick, preferably served in a paper cone. There you have it. Be reminded that if one characteristic is absent, then it’s considered just an average fries. These unique fries are usually found in the streets served with a variety of sauces to choose from.
2. Belgian Mussels
A national obsession. Yes, even natives go crazy over their own Belgian Mussels which are best served and eaten together with beer. Party on! Aside from being the national obsession, on a positive term, Belgian Mussels is no doubt the national dish of Belgium. How to cook Mussels? What does it include aside from Mussels? Well, the mussels itself were cooked with shallots, garlic, rosemary, thyme, parsley, beer and vegetable stock. After you finish your dish you’ll notice the white wine broth left on the pot. Savory and full after meal. Want a DIY Belgian Mussels? Here’s a quick recipe guide, click here.
Or Stoverij in Belgian. Who needs rice? This dish alone can make you feel full and satisfied. But of course who would resist temptation if they’ll combine fries and beef and it’s often served with beef as well. So that’s fries+beef+beer! The easiest way to describe it is “beer braised beef stew”. The general ingredients of this beefy-licious meal are onions, beef, dark beer, salt, pepper, a slice of bread, mustard and a wide selection of herbs and spices. Anything added extra will depend on the restaurant.
4. Belgian Chocolate
Did you know that according to WTO’s International Trade Statistics. Belgium was the world’s first exporter of chocolate? Since some travellers can only get to Belgium via Brussels Airport (BRU), the airport has been the biggest selling point of Belgian chocolates. What’s with these chocolates that makes them irresistible and famous for? Apart from being exquisitely delicious, there are no other reasons than, they are here before the existence of your all-time favorite KitKat, Hershey’s, Toblerone and Cadbury. This has been around for ages that it makes the chocolate unique and high-end. Belgian chocolates make people visit the country in the heart of Europe.
You might be wondering what’s special about their Waffles? How does it differ with the ordinary American Waffles? Well, to answer your question. Belgian Waffles have lighter batter, larger squares, and deeper pockets. Please do not break the tradition of the Belgian. Their waffles are eaten with bare hands since they are found in the streets of Belgium and considered as one of the most in demand streetfood. Another reminder, Waffles are originally from Belgium not from the United States. The very first waffle in America was made by a native of Belgium, Mr. Maurice Vermersch and his family in 1962.
If the food doesn’t do it for you, we’re sure the beer will. But it’s quite obvious that beer was more staple than the listed meals above. Since Belgium has about 180 breweries for 800 kinds of beer, it makes A LOT of beer, and really good beer at that. From Flemish reds to lambics, dubbels to blondes, you won’t be able to try them all. But you should definitely try. To see an extension of the famous beer of Belgium, click here.
Like I told you, Belgium is not just a good place with good tourism and destinations. Food here will also make you travel to Western Europe.
Pro Tip: If you’re planning to visit Belgium, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.